We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!

You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.

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Thursday Birders

Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day.

October 4

Randall Davey Audubon Center

Travel to the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe, NM, with Joe Schelling: 505-205-7820, Meet at 8:17 a.m. for an 8:27 departure from the parking lot on the south side of Sprouts in the Far North Shopping Center on the east side of San Mateo and north side of Academy Boulevard NE. The address at Randall Davey is 1800 Upper Canyon Road. Bring lunch. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $6 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque in the mid afternoon.

October 11

Bosque del Apache NWR

Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson, SE. A secondary meeting place will be McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal Pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque in the late afternoon. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.

October 18

Valle de Oro NWR

[NOTE: Updated directions below (10/12/16)]

Visit Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge with Becky Purvis: 505-930-3424, Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the refuge entrance on 2nd Street by the refuge sign. To reach the refuge, drive south on I-25 and take the Rio Bravo Exit. Drive west on Rio Bravo to 2nd Street. Turn south on 2nd and drive 3.2 miles to the entrance. (NOTE: 2nd Street is closed for construction south of Rio Bravo on 10/18/18.) Drive west on Rio Bravo to Broadway; south on Broadway to Desert; west on Desert to 2nd and south to Valle de Oro NWR. The group will drive to different areas of the refuge and take a couple of half-mile walks. The trip will end before noon.

October 25

Pueblo Montano Open Space

Visit Pueblo Montano Open Space for a two-mile walk on the ditch trail with Pauline and Bernie Morris: 505-369-1227, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano and one block east of Coors. It can be accessed from either street. The walk will end before noon.

November 1

Embudito Canyon

Hike in Embudito Canyon with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the trailhead parking lot. To reach the canyon, drive east on Montgomery past Tramway, then turn left on Glenwood Hills. Continue 0.4 of a mile, turn right on Trailhead Road and continue to the parking lot. This is an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before noon.

November 8

Open Space Visitor Center

Walk in the Open Space Visitor Center and nearby bosque with Susan Chaudoir: 985-302-2878, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the center’s parking lot on the east side of Coors Boulevard. The entrance road, Bosque Meadows Road, is located north of Montano Road and south of Paseo del Norte. It will be a two-mile walk ending before noon.

November 15

No trip is planned since this is the week of the Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache. Enjoy the festival!

November 22

No trip is planned for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 29

Corrales Bosque

Walk in the Corrales bosque with Perrianne Houghton: 505-321-2015, Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the shopping area north of Alameda Road/NM 528 and east of Corrales Road/NM 448. Park by the Boxing Bear Brewing Company where parking is not restricted. The group will carpool from there to one of the bosque locations followed by lunch at Village Pizza in Corrales.

If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.

CNMAS Field Trips

CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bluewater Lake and Creek

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

w/ Kim Score ~

Join Kim Score for a trip out to Cibola County to visit Bluewater Lake, located 1.5 hours west of Albuquerque. We will birding both the south shore of the lake, as well as Bluewater Creek. In addition to waterfowl, we are likely to find migrating warblers, a few shorebirds, pelicans and raptors. This is also a great place to see Mountain Bluebirds and large flocks of Pinyon Jays. Bring your spotting scope, camera and walking shoes, along with a day pack with water, snacks and lunch. Participants will be hiking up to 2 miles on primitive trails at 7500 feet in elevation as we explore Bluewater Creek. Depending on level of interest we may also visit other nearby hotspots like Upper Bluewater Gorge and Cottonwood Gulch. Meet at 7:30 am in the parking lot at the Dairy Queen gas station at exit 72 off Interstate 40, (located 9 miles west of Grants.)

Please contact Kim at to RSVP and with specific questions. Also, let her know if you’re interested in carpooling from Albuquerque.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Bosque del Apache NWR

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

w/ Judy Liddell ~

Trade Balloon Fiesta crowds for the serenity of the Bosque del Apache. Wintering waterfowl will be arriving and there will be lingering shorebirds in the areas where water is being let into the ponds. It will be a particularly good time to practice fall sparrow identification. The time between seasons can bring surprises. Since we don’t know where we will be at noon, bring a lunch that can be eaten without a table.

We will meet to carpool at 7:45 behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson, SE or at 9:30 in the McDonald’s in Socorro. When you RSVP, please let Judy know where you will meet the group. Please RSVP to Judy by phone, 505-220-7998, or e-mail (preferred).

If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.

Other Birding Opportunities

But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.

Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks

Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am

w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.

For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.


Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks

Every third Saturday of the month

w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website:


Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips

Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.


Caligo Ventures

Mention Central New Mexico Audubon Society when you sign up for a 2017 trip to Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad for a $100 donation from Caligo Ventures.